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Japanese PM sends condolences over Hualien earthquake

2018/02/08 15:17:58

Image taken from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Facebook page (

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a letter of condolences Thursday to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) over the strong earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a photo of Chinese calligraphy written by Abe showing the characters for "Taiwan, Go" to encourage people in Taiwan affected by the temblor is on display on the Facebook page of the prime minister's official residence.

In the letter, Abe expressed sadness at the devastation caused by the earthquake.

Abe said that Japan still remembers the outpouring of support rendered by Taiwanese people in the wake of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan, and that Japan will offer any needed assistance to its longtime friend.

He said the Japanese government has dispatched a special fire and rescue team to the earthquake-ravaged county to help the relief efforts.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the death toll in the Hualien earthquake stood at nine, with 270 injured and 10 remaining unaccounted for, according to Hualien's Emergency Operations Center.

(By Huang Ming-hsi and Evelyn Kao)